Two curved walls run smoothly through both levels, gently dissociating private and public. A longitudinal axis is highlighted by two metallic masks. Users become actors and spectators...
In a complex but simple project, a warehouse is taken as an idea of a house, becoming a living room. Scale, materiality, and a ‘kind of memory’ are equally important...
An off-center column acts like a hinge and divides each level into equal quadrants. On the lower level, undivided, the column levitates slightly from the ground...
Six dwellings in two buildings – four identical and two exceptional – surround a communal garden hidden inside a city block, with one architecture tying together the fragmented reality...
Under a cheap metal roof, the interiors form a unity characterized by whiteness and precision, while the outside expression is that of a loose juxtaposition of constructive elements...
Exuberant rooms are assembled between two antagonistic marble masks. Unorthodox everyday spaces are built in accordance with a clearly defined syntax and grammar...
The Portuguese firm fala – set up in 2013 by Ahmen Belkhodja, Filipe Magalhães, and Ana Luisa Soares – built this transparent guesthouse-studio that takes up the entire width of a narrow garden. Connected to the property's main house by paths of woo
Despite the limited space of the site and the regulations, the project generates complex interior spaces that emerge from the peculiar intersections with the different levels. The white piece is covered with marble dots and lines, crowned by pink chi
Fifteen equal but different apartments inside a predefined volume; a variety of formal gestures, flying columns and double height spaces alter the rational distribution of the program. The three facades have different expressions...
Layers of lines and dots are vigorously wrapped around a narrow and tall urban building. A system of concrete columns crosses all levels, allowing for different spatial narratives but maintaining a physical coherence. Glass brick walls and doors defi
The block goes up on one of the most typical streets of Foz do Douro, a traditional quarter by the Douro’s estuary. The building is a freestanding volume housing three apartments with a communal terrace on the roof, a commercial space on ground floor
Located in the old harbor area of the city of Porto, the residential building takes up a narrow plot facing the Douro River estuary. The project explores the idea of stacking, conceptually superimposing three concrete boxes containing the apartments.
The new pavilion of the Serralves Foundation, designed for audiovisual projections, is to be understood in spatial and geometric terms as an extension of the museum. Its volume is extracted from the main building and its material makeup is modified t
The four semi-detached houses, wrapped in white surfaces with straight lines, are interspersed with the single family houses flanking Avenida da Boavista on its path to the sea. Symmetrically distributed, each one of the houses closes up in the trans
Three isolated but articulated buildings contain the residence, workshop, and multipurpose hall of the house for the painter Armanda Passos, located on Gomes da Costa avenue in Porto. To counteract this fragmentation, a continuous gray granite plinth
Designed and partially built in the decade of the 1970s as part of the program of the organization known as SAAL (Servicio de Apoio Ambulatorio Local), the project’s objective is to provide housing for an established community on an adjacent site. Cr
Despite the attempts to escape the shoebox-shaped auditorium, experience shows that this type of concert hall offers the best acoustics. In this case, the design chosen reinterprets the type, redefining the relationship of the concert hall with the e
Located opposite the main axis of Avenida da Boavista and just a few meters from the Quinta da Avenida semi-detached housing complex – also by Souto de Moura –, this commercial and office building is conceived as a large plinth on which a series of i
Designed as a tribute to the work of the filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, the most famous and long-lived among Portuguese directors, the Casa do Cinema is a small reinforced concrete construction of two levels, resembling a film camera the two large len
With five lines and 68 stations, the Metro of Porto is a large and extremely complex infrastructure. Among the many tasks that setting up this vast network of 70 kilometers entailed, the architectural definition of the stations was an especially impo
Located between the Duero River and the Atlantic Ocean, the Porto neighborhood where this residential block goes up corresponds to the area where the city grew beyond the medieval walls throughout the 18th century. The urban fabric in this zone is de
Boavista Avenue is the longest straight urban stretch in Portugal. It is five kilometers long and connects Rem Koolhaas’s Casa da Música, in the city center, with the Atlantic Ocean, to the west. The Burgo complex of offices and retail spaces goes up
The building is located in the gardens of a neoclassical style house of the early 20th century in Porto. So as not to alter the historical identity of the precinct, the new structure occupies a perimeter position, replacing the enclosure wall with tw
Despite the inevitable brevity of her career, Maria Antónia Leite Siza (Porto, 1940-1973) produced more than 3.000 drawings and paintings. Crippled women, disfigured bodies and, in sum, victims of misery and circumstance, filled her work in an exerci
Mine was a normal childhood, in a conservative and religious family of northern Portugal – my family is from Braga. My uncles, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers were educated, they all studied Greek and Latin in Coimbra, or medicine and psychiatry
El proyecto del metro ligero de Oporto ha establecido nuevos horizontes y nuevas posibilidades en los modos de intervención de la arquitectura contemporánea. Sin campañas publicitarias sensacionalistas, Eduardo Souto de Moura ha dado forma en pocos a
En octubre de 2003, Paulo Mendes da Rocha visitó entusiasmado la ‘osamenta’ en construcción de la Casa da Música, la nueva sala de conciertos que el holandés Rem Koolhaas ha proyectado para la densa y granítica ciudad de Oporto. Al final de un largo
Álvaro Siza’s work has always adhered to that delicate point of balance whereby, without renouncing a continued exploration of the linguistic references belonging to the architectural discipline, he easily adapts to the conditions imposed by the prog
Álvaro Siza’s projects in their final presentations always reveal traces of the creative process that has generated them, over and above his painstaking work of depuration and synthesis. It is such complex network of practically invisible signs that
Time and motion as elements of spatial perception; geometry as a way of revealing geography; urban schemes taken as natural landscapes; scale and repetition as indicators of a collective: these are the patent features of Álvaro Siza’s work. Laurent B
‘‘Architecture is not a pre-established language, nor does it establish a language,” Alvaro Siza Vieira once said. Why do l choose this statement to begin my commentary on his work? Because in my view it offers many keys to understanding Siza's archi